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Sat Aug 14, 2021, 11:52 AM

Encounter with a Roundabout Karen.


If you have roundabouts in your area you will understand. "Karen" was driving really fast to the yield sign. I was in the
roundabout and laid on the horn. "Karen" jammed on the brakes and yielded.
When we were out of the roundabout "Karen" stared riding my bumper. Told my niece, get the camera on her phone ready.
Pulled over and "Karen" stopped, I put the window down and she started screaming. "Karen" said, I know you thought I
was going to fast and wasn't going to stop. My niece started laughing then "Karen" drove off mad when she saw the niece was videoing the freak out.
People are crazy, be safe and have the video recorder on your phone ready.

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Reply Encounter with a Roundabout Karen. (Original post)
sarcasmo Aug 2021 OP
WhiskeyGrinder Aug 2021 #1
hlthe2b Aug 2021 #2
rownesheck Aug 2021 #4
hlthe2b Aug 2021 #6
MissB Aug 2021 #23
Ms. Toad Aug 2021 #16
hlthe2b Aug 2021 #17
Ms. Toad Aug 2021 #18
TheBlackAdder Aug 2021 #22
Cracklin Charlie Aug 2021 #3
bluecollar2 Aug 2021 #5
ProfessorGAC Aug 2021 #7
sarcasmo Aug 2021 #9
ProfessorGAC Aug 2021 #10
panader0 Aug 2021 #11
KentuckyWoman Aug 2021 #12
ProfessorGAC Aug 2021 #13
sarcasmo Aug 2021 #14
JCMach1 Aug 2021 #19
Lars39 Aug 2021 #20
cadoman Aug 2021 #8
Red Mountain Aug 2021 #15
ecstatic Aug 2021 #21

Response to sarcasmo (Original post)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 11:55 AM

1. Why pull over?

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Response to sarcasmo (Original post)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 12:38 PM

2. I know I am really tired of people claiming "ignorance" in terms of right of way in traffic circles.

Where are these people from? I know it is on the Colorado written test and they have been included in many road construction projects for more than two decades.

It is infuriating.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 02:02 PM

4. I was in Colorado recently

and was like "wwwwuuuuuuutttttt?" when I attempted to navigate a roundabout, as I'm just an old country boy from Texas and we ain't got no roundabouts where I live (except 1 that I'm aware of near the Houston zoo).

Anyway, I've heard they cause "tornaders" according to one Pennsylvania citizen.

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Response to rownesheck (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 02:14 PM

6. I cut my 16 yo "eyeteeth" on navigating these things when my parents

temporarily moved to Virginia when I was coming up. I would never have passed my driver's license had I not been made to drive down Richmond's Monument Avenue--which is full of them.

Yeah, I doubt too many rural residents know them, but most cities have incorporated them into new construction. They are more efficient in moving traffic than stoplights--in the RIGHT places. But also have the potential to raise your blood pressure (if not insurance rates) if you don't yield appropriately.



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Response to rownesheck (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 12:19 AM

23. The only roundabout that stumped me

was the one in England. We were on bicycles, touring the country. We stopped and watched the traffic flow for a good while before proceeding.

It was all just backwards

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 06:50 PM

16. The roundabout with which I am most familiar requires people IN the roundabout to yield

to people entering.

Fortunately they recenty tore it out and replaced it with lights.

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #16)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 06:51 PM

17. That IS backwards. No wonder it was a problem.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #17)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 07:05 PM

18. Yup.

I'm not specifically aware of any accidents, but even though I was always the entering driver I always slowed down since I knew it was an area frequented by people who are familiar with the norm and if I wasn't prepared to stop I would end up being hit. My horn got quite a bit of exercise . . .

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #17)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 10:17 PM

22. Yep, those entering yield to those in the circle. The objective is to clear the vehicles in it.

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Most states mark circles with yield signs, according to the DOT's MUTCD standards.

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Response to sarcasmo (Original post)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 12:40 PM

3. Roundabout Karen?

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Response to sarcasmo (Original post)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 02:06 PM

5. Standard procedure down here in Miami-Dade county...

I just do what my driver's ed instructor told me...

"Assume they are assholes and drive defensively"

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Response to bluecollar2 (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 02:32 PM

7. The 2 Worst Circles I've Ever Encountered

#1: really it's a group, all in Barcelona. Everybody was going through those things like we were driving LeMans. I'd guess under 1 in every 12 cars was dent free. I saw side mirrors torn off, scratches, & dents, bent bumpers...
That was the roughest city in which I ever drive.
#2: Golf Road in the NW suburbs of Chicago. We have VERY few such rounds in this region, so people are quite ignorant of the concept. I've been through that circle dozens of times and somebody did something wrong every time.
I found it easy in England, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Japan. I don't have vivid memory of them in any other countries, though. Probably means it was no big deal.

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 03:10 PM

9. We have a double roundabout here with a highway off ramp in the middle of both roundabouts.



Test your driving skills.

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Response to sarcasmo (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 03:13 PM

10. Yikes!

That seems a dumb design.
Where is that?

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 03:19 PM

11. I spent a good part of the summer of '69 in an small almost basement apartment

quite close to Dupont Circle in DC. It wasn't nearly as upscale then as it is now.
In the center of the large roundabout was where the junkies hung out. Once, driving
on the Circle, I got stuck on an inner lane, couldn't get over to exit, and had to go around
several times to get over.

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Response to panader0 (Reply #11)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 03:41 PM

12. One of my fav movies is "The American President"

they have a running joke through the moving about that roundabout.

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Response to panader0 (Reply #11)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 04:03 PM

13. Happened To Me, Too!

In Barcelona, more than once, and in Athens.
I felt like Clark Griswold in European Vacation!

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #13)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 04:11 PM

14. I found out not long ago, it's a long way down to Holiday Road.

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 09:38 PM

19. Dubai and Sharjah in the UAE were the biggest nightmares

Fortunately, they wised up and replaced them with signal intersections over the last 10.years or so....

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 09:57 PM

20. I suddenly got this mental image of my in-laws

in their Pontiac station wagon, piled full of kids going around one of those. They wandered all over Spain and Portugal in that land yacht.

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Response to sarcasmo (Original post)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 03:00 PM

8. some drivers just hit those stop/yield signs hyper aggressively....

...pull up to them full speed and slam on the brakes.

They don't understand that defensive drivers in cross traffic have no way of knowing if they're about to miss the sign when they drive like that. They have enough intelligence to process their own driving behavior, but not to process the ramifications of their behavior for defensive drivers.

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Response to sarcasmo (Original post)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 06:04 PM

15. I drive old cars

If they can pass I encourage them to.

On the bits when they can't pass I drive the speed limit. If I can't see their headlights in my rear view mirror I wash my windshield.

After that, I'm going to tap my brakes.

That's usually enough. On one occasion in the last ten years I called the Sheriff to report an aggressive driver.

Kids racing on Christmas day. They were out to kill themselves or somebody else.

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Response to sarcasmo (Original post)

Sat Aug 14, 2021, 10:01 PM

21. Honestly, roundabouts freak me out. Nt

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